Official Centenary BookCharting the history of Lothian Buses and its predecessors

The book, Lothian 100 Years, which was launched at our Open Day last month is on sale now and can be purchased from our TravelHub at Shandwick Place or our online store.


As part of our Centenary year celebrations, we have published a book charting the history of our service in the city of Edinburgh since 1919.

Author and transport historian Gavin Booth, in collaboration with local photographer Keith McGillivray, tell the story of the transport service in Edinburgh against the background of social change in the rapidly expanding city.

The 104-page book is fully illustrated with photographs of buses and trams in Edinburgh from 1919 right up to the present day where the Lothian bus and coach fleet has grown to over 900 vehicles.

Gavin Booth, the author of the book and local transport historian said:

I have enjoyed travelling around Edinburgh on our trams and buses for more than 70 years and know how important they are to the life of our great city. We are fortunate to have an award-winning transport network and that is down to the vision and hard work of the men and women who have worked for the Corporation Transport department and Lothian over the past century. It has been a privilege to write this book as a reminder of the development of our public transport and our city over that time.

Richard Hall, Lothian’s Managing Director said:

Lothian has such a prominent place in the city and it was important that we marked 100 years of public ownership with a lasting legacy. Thanks to Gavin and our in-house team for allowing us to tell the history and evolution of Lothian from 1919 to present day.